A loan of $6,350 helped a member to buy school supplies.

Santa Maria Group's story

Perseverance, initiative and a desire to make progress and get ahead in life are some of the main characteristics shared by the members of the "Santa Maria" community bank. This bank has 11 members, mostly women, who have been working together for more than two years.

52-year-old Genoveva is married and has four children, one of whom is not yet an adult. Genoveva gets up very early every morning to open her store which is a source of income for her household. It has given her a lot of satisfaction over the 20 years she has been running it. Genoveva set up this business with the help of her husband as he needed support in order to provide for their family. With her loan, Genoveva will stock her business with merchandise, buying school supplies. In common with Genoveva, every member of this group has their own story, with good and bad moments throughout their lives. However, if they have one thing in common, it is their desire to do well for the sake of their families and their businesses and they demonstrate this desire every day.

In this group: Genoveva, Jacinta Juana, Olga Elia, Yulita Cilia, Elizabeth Liliana*, Hugo Lalo, Rosa Bertha, Gloria Jesucita, Josefina Del Pilar, Maribel, Sonia
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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